The City Hall
This building is the City Hall...you will enter to the hallway from the pic and the city offices are somewhere inside. I have been there only once and it was long time ago. The City Hall is easy to find, It is located at the main square of downtown Aalst, I'm sure you won't get lost. The main entrance is facing the "Langezoutstraat" in Aalst.
This is a yearly biggest festival in Aalst, It started in the year 1923 and celebrated until now, It becomes bigger and nicer event in every year. In 1953 they started to have a Prince Carnval and it followed as well a new prince yearly..
On the third day of Carnaval, expect the so called * Vojl Jeanette* day. This is a parade in the afternoon within the city! This means you will see those crazy mans turned to be a woman on that day!! Huh...local custom in Aalst? Yup..not only those from Aalst but I'm pretty sure there are more of them coming from other places to join this kind of event, This is typical in Aalst during Carnaval, It celebrated on the * Tuesday * the last day of event. * Vojl Jeanette* means wearing some nasty, dirty , exagerated clothes to men...It can be clothes from their wife, mother or friends and simply wear anything they want to impress and let the public laugh. For them it's a real fun roaming the city with costum and a bottle of beer in hands.
Not much further down the road the Kwalestraat starts. Pass a small stream and you are looking to a beautiful castle. The castle is private property and can't be visited but when you are in this neighbourhood it is worth a look. The castle is about 100 years old.
The town hall.
The front building of the town hall is as old as belgium : 1830.
The beautifull interior of the reception hall and the great decorated marriage hall are a must when you visit Aalst.
After that building you can see the former manor house , 1643 , where they added some rococco decorations. (picture)